- The definition of offensive is something likely to invoke feelings of hurt, anger, disgust, disapproval or revulsion, or is something associated with an aggressive attack.
- Calling someone an idiot is an example of a comment that would be described as offensive.
- Making a plan to attack a country is an example of planning an offensive attack.
- Offensive is an organized campaign or plan of action, normally created by the military or created to achieve some specific political aim or goal.
- A military plan to attack is an example of a military offensive.
- A plan to fight the war on drugs is an example of an offensive.
- attacking; aggressive
- of or for attack
- ☆ designating or of the side that is seeking to score in any contest
- unpleasant, as to the senses; disgusting; repugnant: an offensive odor
- causing resentment, anger, etc.; insulting
Origin: ML offensivus from Classical Latin offensa, offense
- attitude or position of attack: often with the
- an attack or hostile action, esp. by armed forces
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- Disagreeable to the senses: an offensive odor.
- Causing anger, displeasure, resentment, or affront: an offensive gesture.
- a. Making an attack: The offensive troops gained ground quickly.b. Of, relating to, or designed for attack: offensive weapons.
- Sports Of or relating to a team having possession of a ball or puck: the offensive line.
- An attitude or position of attack: go on the offensive in chess.
- An attack or assault: led a massive military offensive.
- of·fenˈsive·ly adverb
- of·fenˈsive·ness noun